Maintaining Our Resolve…

We made some resolutions for the new year. So far, we’ve been sticking with them pretty well. We vowed to not eat dinner out as much, and we’ve been successful in this. The food blog that I started has been a big help.

We also talked about eating more organic foods.. or eating things with more intention. Instead of just eating a meal because it provides calories, nutrients, etc.. that we could eat foods that we wanted to eat. We started to plan out our meals. Some of them are relatively healthy, some of them not so much. So far we’ve not really had anything that made me scream OMG THIS IS BAD!.. except for possibly tonight. 🙂

I pan fried some chicken thighs in olive oil and butter, then paired it with a white wine, cream, shallot, and paprika sauce. We had fried polenta and broccoli as a side dish.

Please pardon the slight motion-blur. The hazards of letting a hungry man take pictures with his iphone before dinner. 🙂

I put the chicken thighs in the pan (skin side up) with some olive oil and a dab of melted butter. I seasoned with salt and pepper.

Typically if I start with things skin side down, I end up tearing off the skin when I flip it. Figured I would mix it up today, and I found a winner. Not one naked chicken thigh! Woohoo!!

Anyway, I cooked it for about 4-5 minutes, then flipped.. seasoned.. cooked some more. At this point I put the lid on, turned the heat down a bit so I didn’t scorch the chicken.

The sauce was super easy to make. I sliced one shallot and sauteed it in a little bit of olive oil.  Once translucent I added 1/2 cup white wine and some salt/pepper. Once it started to simmer, I added about 2/3 cup heavy cream and 1 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika.  Once combined, I removed from the heat.

After a bit, the chicken passed the magic temp check so I drained the cooking oil and butter out of the pan, then dumped the sauce in to deglaze the crunchy delicious off the bottom of the pan. I let it simmer for a moment or two.

I’m not gonna bore you with the details of me steaming some broccoli or slicing slabs of polenta and frying them.. Mostly because this dinner was super rich and I wanna lay on my couch.

Have a fabulous evening, all!



About The Confluent Kitchen

I am food obsessed. I love trying new recipes, putzing in the kitchen, making my own cheese and other random kitchen tom-foolery. Follow my exploits.. the good, the bad, and the burnt.
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